Hospitality

  • January 13, 2017

    Mich. Gov. Urges Dismissal Of Tribe's Casino Land Suit

    Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder asked a federal court Friday to throw out the Bay Mills Indian Community’s suit seeking to establish that it can operate a casino off its reservation, saying a 1997 federal law didn’t automatically allow the tribe to conduct gambling on a parcel of land it bought.

  • January 13, 2017

    EEOC Gets Time To Study Late-Filed Doc In Hiring Bias Suit

    A Florida federal judge on Friday gave the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission two more months to show Darden Restaurants Inc. discriminates against older job applicants after the company provided a swath of previously undisclosed hiring data Thursday, days before the EEOC’s expert analysis was due.

  • January 13, 2017

    Magic City Dancers Settle FLSA Suit On Eve Of Trial

    The group of exotic dancers suing the owners of the popular Atlanta strip club Magic City, agreed to settle their federal labor claims in Georgia federal court on Thursday, just a few days before the jury trial was scheduled to begin.

  • January 13, 2017

    NY Says Daily Fantasy Law Was Passed Constitutionally

    The New York attorney general's office has moved to toss a lawsuit that challenges legislation regulating daily fantasy sports in the state as an unconstitutional gambling expansion, saying the Legislature rationally exercised its authority in passing the law.

  • January 13, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: Hines, High Times, Trump Tower

    Hines Interests has reportedly pre-leased 15,000 square feet at a Houston trophy tower to Russell Reynolds, pot magazine High Times is said to be leaving New York for Los Angeles, and the Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto is for sale and could fetch $227 million.

  • January 13, 2017

    Brookfield Fund Commits $400M To American Realty REIT

    A private fund affiliated with Brookfield Asset Management Inc. committed to a $400 million investment in American Realty Capital Hospitality Trust Inc. on Friday, addressing the real estate investment trust’s short-term financing needs and aligning it for future growth, the REIT said.

  • January 13, 2017

    Caesars Settles Last Objection To Ch. 11 Plan

    Caesars told an Illinois federal judge Friday morning that it has struck an agreement with the U.S. trustee, the sole remaining objector to the company’s Chapter 11 reorganization plan, that should see the plan ratified ahead of a planned confirmation hearing next Tuesday.

  • January 12, 2017

    Fla. Gaming Bill Eyes Seminole Deal, Slots, Fantasy Sports

    A comprehensive gaming bill filed Thursday in the Florida state Senate specifies a path to ending litigation and approving a new compact with the Seminole Tribe, regulating fantasy sports, and finding a balance between expanding opportunities for slot machines statewide while reducing overall gaming permits.

  • January 12, 2017

    Adelson Settles With WSJ Reporter Over 'Foul Mouth' Claims

    Sheldon Adelson has settled a lawsuit he brought in Hong Kong against a reporter for The Wall Street Journal over a 2012 story that referred to the billionaire casino magnate as “foul-mouthed,” a spokeswoman for the paper confirmed Thursday.

  • January 12, 2017

    USCIS Hits H-2B Cap For First Half of The Fiscal Year

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced Thursday that it has hit the cap for H-2B guest-worker visas for the first half of the current fiscal year, with the announcement coming not long after Congress declined to revive the so-called H-2B “returning worker” program.

  • January 12, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: Wells Fargo, Jia Shu Xu, JMB Realty

    Wells Fargo is reportedly in talks to upsize its lease at a New York tower owned by real estate investment trusts Vornado and SL Green to 40,000 square feet, Jia Shu Xu is looking to get $60 million for a Queens development site, and JMB Realty is said to be in talks to add a food court to a Chicago mall.

  • January 12, 2017

    Expedia Hotel Class Must Show Error Thwarted Customers

    A California federal judge Thursday said he'll give a proposed class of hotels one more chance to preserve some claims that Expedia cost them business by erroneously listing them as having no vacancies, saying lead plaintiff Buckeye Tree Lodge must offer evidence Expedia prevented a customer from booking there.

  • January 12, 2017

    As Justices Weigh Cert For NJ, Sports Betting Push Surges

    With the U.S. Supreme Court set to consider Friday whether to hear New Jersey’s challenge to a 25-year-old federal law prohibiting states from authorizing sports betting, pressure to change the law will only continue to build — regardless of how the court rules.

  • January 12, 2017

    Houston Club Wants $139K EEOC HIV Bias Suit Reopened

    A Houston-area nightclub asked a Texas federal judge for relief from a $139,366 default judgment in an employment discrimination case on Wednesday, telling the judge that its attorney accidentally missed a December status conference and arguing that a new trial wouldn’t prejudice the plaintiff.

  • January 12, 2017

    Texas Roadhouse Disputes Bombshell Bias Testimony

    Attorneys for Texas Roadhouse on Thursday grilled one of the company's employees about her contention that a top official admitted to age discrimination, turning up the heat about 67 after-the-fact changes she made to her deposition.

  • January 12, 2017

    Davis Wright Guides $83M CMBS Refi On Silicon Valley Hotel

    Davis Wright Tremaine LLP advised the principal owner of a Westin hotel in Silicon Valley on securing an $83 million commercial mortgage-backed securities loan from an affiliate of private equity giant Lone Star Funds, the law firm said Thursday.

  • January 12, 2017

    Calif. Group Seeks To Toss DOI Rule On Tribal Casino Land

    A California community group urged a D.C. federal court Wednesday to throw out a regulation requiring the U.S. Department of the Interior to immediately acquire land after taking it into trust for a tribe, claiming the rule would shut down a state law challenge to a planned tribal casino near Sacramento.

  • January 12, 2017

    Chargers Owner Confirms Team Will Move To LA

    The San Diego Chargers are moving to Los Angeles, team owner Dean Spanos confirmed on Thursday, after the team failed to reach a deal for public financing for a new stadium, ending a yearlong saga after NFL owners gave the team the option to join the recently relocated Los Angeles Rams at a new multibillion-dollar stadium.

  • January 12, 2017

    Pa. Atty Gets 4 Years For Failure To Pay Employment Taxes

    A Pittsburgh tax attorney was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison by a Pennsylvania federal judge for his failure to pay more than $790,000 in federal employment taxes stemming from his partial ownership of a local ice and soccer sports facility.

  • January 12, 2017

    Multistate Hotel Portfolio Scores $92M In Financing

    A portfolio of four hotels in New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia has scored $92 million in financing, according to an announcement on Thursday from Sonnenblick-Eichner Co., which arranged four loans for the 592-room package.

Expert Analysis

  • Avoiding The Hidden Costs Of Bargain-Priced E-Discovery

    Michael Cousino

    Many organizations are interested in finding electronic discovery partners who offer tantalizingly low prices for electronic discovery services. However, unforeseen gaps, lax security practices, ignorance of global practices and delayed deliverables can all add up to a surprisingly large final cost, says Michael Cousino of Epiq Systems.

  • Native American Cases To Watch In 2017

    Thomas F. Gede

    The current eight-member U.S. Supreme Court will examine two Native American cases early in this year, and may hear additional cases following the confirmation of a ninth justice. Thomas Gede of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP discusses the most important cases to pay attention to, including Lewis v. Clarke and Lee v. Tam.

  • A Fast Track For New Gaming Devices In Nevada

    Mark A. Clayton

    The Nevada Gaming Commission recently adopted an amendment that promises to streamline and expedite the gaming device approval process. The change benefits regulators, casinos, manufacturers and patrons alike, say Mark Clayton and Erica Okerberg of Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • Saving Lawyers 1 Breath At A Time: Mindfulness In The Law

    Jennifer Gibbs

    As critical as lawyers are to society, they are reported to be the most frequently depressed occupational group in the United States. In response to the inherently stressful nature of the practice of law, more and more lawyers are turning to an ancient contemplative practice called “mindfulness,” says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • What Will DOL's Immigration Policy Look Like Under Puzder?

    Becki L. Young

    It is still unclear how much legal immigration policy will change in the new Trump administration. However, both President-elect Donald Trump and his nominee for secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor, Andrew Puzder, have worked in industries that rely heavily on foreign nationals and it is entirely possible that legal immigration will stay within historic norms, says Becki Young, co-founder of Hammond Young Immigration Law LLC.

  • Understanding How Blockchain Could Impact Legal Industry

    R. Douglas Vaughn

    Blockchain is essentially a computerized public ledger that can apply to almost anything that a person might save into a database or spreadsheet. This versatile technology may enhance the legal industry by providing an improved record keeping system, setting up "smart contracts" and tracking intellectual property and land records, say R. Douglas Vaughn and Anna Outzen of Deutsch Kerrigan LLP.

  • Is Restaurant Menu Labeling On ACA Chopping Block?

    Michael A. Walsh

    The Affordable Care Act contains a number of provisions not ordinarily associated with health care, including nutrition labeling of menu items for chain restaurants and retail food establishments. With the Trump administration working to fulfill its repeal and replace campaign promise, Michael Walsh of Strasburger & Price LLP looks at the current status of the menu labeling rule, its viability and some of its untested challenges.

  • 5 Tips On Controlling Hotel Property Taxes

    Douglas John

    Not prioritizing property taxes can be a costly mistake for hotel owners, as hotels are recognized as one of the highest taxed real estate assets. Paying attention to errors and opportunities, and understanding the differences between investment market and property tax values, is crucial to minimizing taxes, says Douglas John of Buchalter Nemer PLC

  • Be Prepared For Law Firm Data Breach Litigation

    Scott Vernick

    The April 2016 leak of "Panama Papers" documents from law firm Mossack Fonseca removed any doubt that the threat of cyberattacks against the legal industry is more than hypothetical. While the case law on law firm data breach litigation has largely yet to be written, there are certain fundamental tenets worth reviewing, say Scott Vernick and Peter Buckley of Fox Rothschild LLP.

  • 7 Legal Industry Predictions For 2017

    Haley Altman

    Since 2008, the legal relationship dynamic has consistently evolved, leading clients to demand more "value" for services received. In 2017, investment in and adoption of new technology and prioritizing cybersecurity will lead to an increase in billable hours and shifts in realization rates, says Haley Altman of Doxly.